A dark theme for Jekyll with a responsive layout, navbar, content area, sidebar, footer, and styling for major HTML elements.



Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "jekylldark"

And add this line to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

theme: jekylldark

And then execute:

    $ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

    $ gem install jekylldark


A site demonstrating how to use the theme is available here.


  • Responsive layout
  • Navbar with subnav dropdown
  • Content area with styled HTML elements
  • Sidebar featuring title, description, projects, posts, and other text content
  • Footer featuring title, description, connect links with icons, and other text content


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at sutterj/jekylldark/issues. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


To set up your environment to develop this theme, run bundle install.

Your theme is setup just like a normal Jekyll site! To test your theme, run bundle exec jekyll serve and open your browser at http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using your theme. Add pages, documents, data, etc. like normal to test your theme's contents. As you make modifications to your theme and to your content, your site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh, just like normal.

When your theme is released, only the files in _layouts, _includes, _sass and assets tracked with Git will be bundled. To add a custom directory to your theme-gem, please edit the regexp in jekylldark.gemspec accordingly.


The theme is available as open source under the terms of the GNU General Public License.